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The Hardlight VR Suit will vibrate all of your bodily buttons

5a9054bba86df0cae9deb090681fadec_original Have you ever wanted to feel smack of the punches coming at you from sweaty aliens? The whang of bullet hitting your guts? The feeling of hitting the deck as pirates stream over the virtual bow? The subtle vibration of the VR sexual encounter with a many-tentacled sex robot? Well here we go. The Hardlight VR Suit is ready to please. This vest contains multiple vibrational elements and can add… Read More

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John Biggs

February 23rd

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These 3D-printed sunglasses will fit your oddly-shaped head

img_0779-1 I’m not saying your head is oddly-shaped, per se, but if you have trouble finding glasses that fit then a team from Cambridge, Massachusetts has a pair for you. Their Falcon I glasses are designed to fit you perfectly and won’t touch your cheeks, spread over your wider face, or frustrate you by slipping off. The $229 shades come in a sporty style and are aimed at bikers and runners. Read More

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John Biggs

February 22nd

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MIT creates an intelligent power supply lets hardware sip energy

low-energy Researchers at MIT have created a power supply for small electronic devices that “sips” energy by turning devices on with packets of energy rather than a steady stream. Most power converters release a steady voltage. This means they’re generally inefficient for small devices like sensors and other devices that don’t need to be constantly on. The MIT’s… Read More

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John Biggs

February 21st

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Fluffy dog tails could be the next step in robot-human interaction

2013-dogtail-main The IEEE unearthed a fascinating 2013 study that showed that a cute dog tail does more than just amuse – it can communicate. The study, created by Ashish Singh and James Young, posited that a Roomba with a tail attached could communicate quickly and easily with a human – a fast, excited wag means things are going OK while a slow side to side shows disdain. “Any current robot… Read More

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John Biggs

February 20th

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Wiivv steps on $4 million to bring your feet into the 21st century

Wiivv - 3 Hardware Battlefield favorite Wiivv has announced a $4 million Series A funding and an acquisition. Not too shabby for a shoe company. But remember: this isn’t just any shoe company. Founded by Shamil Hargovan the team at Wiivv is making and selling 3D-printed shoes and insoles. The company has sold 10,000 insoles already and they’re going to start shipping custom-printed shoes… Read More

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John Biggs

February 14th

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VAVA’s new dash cam lets you video while you voom

vava-dash-product-2 I usually don’t like to post Kickstarters unless I’ve seen the product firsthand but I also love dash cams. What was I to do? Luckily Vava was able to supply a demo unit so I can report that this $99 dash cam is real, works, and could let you make some clever Russian-style road videos or record conditions before an accident. Most of the dash cams I’ve seen so far have been… Read More

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John Biggs

February 10th

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Pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a camera

541c44a337b355de2bc253f91f83fce0_original As a father I try to remember two things: my biological mission is complete and I am essentially fodder for the grave and my kids will probably destroy my smartphone. That’s why Pixlplay is particularly interesting. The Pixlplay is a smartphone case that looks like a big, bulky camera. You stuff the phone inside – it works with iOS phones for now – and plug a cable into… Read More

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John Biggs

February 9th

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The Swift is a programmable robotic arm for the masses

laser-1 As a child I always lusted after the Armatron robotic arm. Oh, the amazing things I would have done! I could have assembled miniature cars! Pinched my sister remotely! Gently squashed bugs to paste! But, alas, the Armatron was too expensive and I never got one. Now that I’m old and wizened I can finally get one. Or at least something like it. The Swift by UFactory is a crowdfunded… Read More

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John Biggs

February 9th

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I, for one, welcome our new robotic roti-making overlords

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-10-54-55-am As we carom into the future, eyes blazing with neon heat and our minds racing through millions of permutations as the Matrix embeds itself into our brain stems I think we’re all going to get a little peckish. That’s why you’re going to want a Rotimatic. This $999 robotic roti maker is like the bread makers of old with one important distinction: it makes roti. The machine has… Read More

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John Biggs

February 7th

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I, for one, welcome our new robotic roti-making overlords

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-10-54-55-am As we carom into the future, eyes blazing with neon heat and our minds racing through millions of permutations as the Matrix embeds itself into our brain stems I think we’re all going to get a little peckish. That’s why you’re going to want a Rotimatic. This $999 robotic roti maker is like the bread makers of old with one important distinction: it makes roti. The machine has… Read More

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John Biggs

February 7th

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